Using lentils to reduce blood glucose levels

Study finds replacing potatoes with pulses leads to a 35% drop 

Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower blood glucose levels by more than 20%, according to a small trial that further supports the idea these low GI foods are important for the management of type 2 diabetes. 

The authors say that swapping out half a portion of these starchy foods for lentils can significantly improve the body's response to the carbohydrates. 

Their results show that replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20%, while replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35% drop.

Using a crossover design, two groups of 24 healthy adults randomly consumed 50g available carbohydrate from control white rice alone, instant potato alone, or the same starch source in a 50:50 available carbohydrate combination with each of three types of commercially available lentils (large green, small green, split red). 

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